Monday, May 9, 2011

Almost Time for a New Header Photo

I had a fun Mother's Day.  I went to my mom's church with her, then we went out to eat, and then plant shopping.  We went to her and Dad's house to plant her pots, where all of a sudden I felt very tired.  I went home, and decided to take a nap, but the phone rang, and a delivery of flowers was coming my way from our daughter.  I forgot to take a photo of them.  As it turns out, I ended up getting sick.  I think it was food poisoning, but the doctor's office thought my stomach cramping would have been worse, so they weren't sure. I have a number of symptoms, including a fever, and no energy.  At one point, last night, I mustered enough energy to get the tubs in front planted.  Larry was nice and carried the potting soil, and added it to what was already there.  I was back to no energy after that, and this morning.  I slept most of the day, and am up now because I want to be able to sleep tonight.  Still, I feel like sleeping.  I wasn't able to water some plants that needed it this morning, but went out in the heat to do it this afternoon.  I also took some photos.  I am going to post them without much writing, because I am out of steam again.

This is a tour of the area, starting from the west.  Quite a bit of the area gets some shade from a couple neighbors' trees, but the area by the house doesn't.  The hellebores have been struggling.  

 That's ginger mint in the middle wash tub.

Our rabbits love gazanias, so I planted them in tubs this year.  I hope they don't discover this one, which is in their reach.

My mother-in-law's peonies are in bud.

A lady bug on a butterfly bush:

The cardinal creepers I planted Saturday are doing well, and one has found the trellis.

The pansies were planted in March.  I plan to put something else in with them in case they can't take the heat this summer.

Dahlias are planted under the wire wheel barrow.

The next plants were purchased at our arboretum plant sale Saturday.  They have a lot of growing to do.

Larry's perennial sweet potato vine will need to be trimmed back soon so it can bush out and not grow straight into the sky.  Can you see it?  It doesn't look like it has leafed out yet.

I am looking forward to seeing growth on these new baby plants.

My fever has come down, maybe because the doctor told me to take Tylenol.  I'm feeling chilled now, though, but have a little energy.  Maybe I can hang up the laundry I had started when I got home yesterday.  I hope you are well!  I didn't even feel like reading blogs yesterday or today.  Maybe I'll be able to do some visiting this evening.  Thanks for all the words of encouragement through this saga of the tree removal and garden planning and planting.


  1. I'm sorry to hear you've been sick - I hope you get better soon. I'm amazed you were up to doing some planting! I love your containers and can't wait to see what the front yard looks like when it all starts blooming.

  2. With the heat we have today, I'm surprised you even ventured outside! Hopefully we will get some rain this week so we don't have to run out there every day to water. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  3. Dear Sue ~ Hope you are soon feeling much better. Being sick like that is 'awful'. Speaking from experience.

    I can hardly wait to see your gardens in te next month when everything has come up and is blooming.

    Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

  4. Aww, Sue I'm so sorry to hear you're sick. There isn't much worse than being sick when it's hot outside. I sure hope you are feeling better soon.

    I absolutely love your galvanized tubs. I am green with envy! :-)

    Feel better soon and get lots of rest! That's when your body heals.

  5. Hope you are feeling better. You have been so busy, maybe you over did it and you just couldn't fight off the bug you came across. I love that little wheel barrel you've planted and the tubs. Is your metal fence the kind where you buy the panels and they link together? I see them in stores at times and was wondering how they hold up. We're starting to talk about a metal fence out front along our sidewalk. Take care and I am amazed at all you've done in your front garden.

  6. Your new area is looking so good, you have worked so hard on it, you deserve a break while you're sick. Sorry to hear you are feeling so awful, you really should rest when you can, instead of trying to do stuff as soon as you start feeling a little better. I think that can set you back when you are trying to get better. Get plenty of rest and drink water.

    I tried growing Gazanias from seed once a few years ago, and they were critter magnets. Love your new wrought iron fence.

  7. I do hope that whatever it is that ails you will soon be gone, Sue! You perhaps push yourself a bit too hard with all that you want to fit into your days. Admirable, I know, but your health is important as, withoutr it, you won't be able to do anything. If I am ill and my body wants to sleep, I give into it ;) I think Alison has summed things up very well!

    You have really made huge strides with your newly reclaimed is all looking very good and once it's fully established, it's going to be a real feature. I really like your garden chairs!

    Take care!

    Big hug,
    Des xo

  8. Sue, I hope by now you are feeling much better. Just try to take it easy a few days...I know that is hard to do this time of year!

    I am really looking forward to all these plants growing and blooming. What a sight that will be.

  9. Maybe a bug, i had a bout with that. I have lots of new things in my yard also.

  10. Hope you feel better soon. Your yard looks so different now. Your gardens will be overflowing with blooms. Love the containers you have.

  11. Hi, Sue;
    Glad to hear that you're on the mend. There's never a good time to be sick but I think it's always hardest in the springtime when chores are beckoning. Love the fence you've chosen. Everything looks fantastic.

  12. So sorry to hear that you're poorly, Sue. This is a rotten time of year to fall ill, just when you expect to have more energy. Your garden is coming on amazingly - it will get by without you for a few days while you rest.
    Looking at your weather widget, the temperatures with you seem to be bucking the trend of the cold North American spring.
    Take care.

  13. Thanks for all the get well wishes and nice comments. It turns out it was not food poisoning, because Larry has the fever and no energy. I would say I'm 80% better. I went to work today, but did not have much energy to do anything this evening. We had some nice rain today, so I did not have to water the new babies.

    Thanks to those who said they like the wash tubs. One of the round ones was my grandmother's, but sadly, I'm not sure which one. Larry was feeling the area looked like a "junkateria" however you would spell that. He didn't like the 3 wash tubs I had to hold the soil, so he helped me move on over to the sidewalk, and we dumped a couple so there wouldn't be as many there. I also planted sun coleus in one of the ones in the sitting area, and a sweet potato vine in the wheelbarrow, which he wasn't happy to see put there, because he loves those plants.

    I'm glad to get a reprieve from the summer temps. The lettuce and such will hold up much better now.

    (I accidentally put this comment on the most recent post instead of this one, because I had gotten 2 pages up so I could read the comments to see if there was anything to respond to individually. I did leave a comment on Gardener on Sherlock's blog to let her know the fence was the kind that come in sections. We got it from Menard's. I told her it wouldn't hold up a person climbing it, but it will hold vines. I end up winding them back onto it since most vines are taller than the 4 feet the fence is.)

  14. Hi Sue, I'm glad to read you're beginning to feel better. That was unsettling, wasn't it?

    Your yard and gardens have changed so much over these past few years. I consider blogging as a form of scrapbooking, don't you? (A form that allows other to view the changes as they happen!)

    take care! SG

  15. they all make my heart dance i miss irises we have african irises here in

  16. That ornamnetal ironwork makes a lovely backdrop and soon there will be 2 helpers walking behind

  17. Thanks for the tour of your beautiful garden, your house looks gorgeous too! Hope you feel better soon.

  18. Dear Sue, I do hope you are feeling better! Your garden is looking awesome. P. x


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